July, 2023

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Why Your Startup Needs a Fractional CTO – TechEmpower

TechEmpower

A Fractional CTO bridges the gap between founders and developers to help keep your tech strategy aligned with your business goals. This helps your startup stay agile and competitive in a fast-paced marketplace.

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Mature Companies Can Learn Many Things From Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes I like to drop the comment socially that “I knew Bill Gates back when he was a regular guy.” I know that dates me a good bit, but it also shows that I have been hanging around startups and big companies for a long time. The honest truth is that I worked directly with him in the early days of Microsoft from my “safe” perch in big IBM, during the startup of the IBM PC.

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Summer Fun Is Here!

Rembrandt Communications

Enjoy Your Business In July! Yay! Summer is here, and it’s time for fun times outside with friends and family. Well, what about your business? You’ve worked hard for months this new year to grow and meet your goals, so maybe it’s… Time to Have Some Business Fun! F – Find new opportunities, people and activities. It can be easy (and boring!) to do the same things every day at work.

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Tips for Entrepreneurs to Minimize Expenditure 

The Startup Magazine

Entrepreneurs who have a great business idea and have started a company need to keep a keen watch over where they spend their money. This includes variable costs (e.g., sales commission, raw materials, and packaging) and fixed costs (property rental, company car instalments, etc.). Some of these decisions are easy to make while others require you to do your research and make comparisons.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Every startup and innovation project exists within an ecosystem that either helps or hurts that project. As innovation managers, we need to keep a pulse of that ecosystem and make sure we're helping those innovation projects we're managing every step of the way. In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in

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Neko Health: Spotify CEO’s Medical Startup Raises €60 Million in Funding

ReadWriteStart

Recently, the medical diagnostics company Neko Health, which was co-founded by Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, was successful in acquiring €60 million ($65.4 million) in funding from venture capitalists. Neko Health will be able to revolutionize the healthcare industry and expand its operations beyond the borders of its home country of Sweden as a result of the funding received.

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Technical SEO for Startups with Jacque Alec at Capconvert

Mucker Lab

As part of Mucker’s ongoing Growth Series Webinars, we recently invited Jacque Alec , the CEO of Capconvert , to go deep on the topic of technical SEO for startups. A recap of the areas that he covered as well as the full webinar recording is found below. Understanding the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) A good way to think about search is essentially as roadmaps drawn by targeted keywords, which branches outward to create intersections that become digital real estate - websites, media, ads, a

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6 Strategies To Anticipate And Survive New Entrants

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my years of experience as a business consultant, I’m convinced that most business leaders are so busy with day-to-day issues that they have no time to be proactive with new innovation and staving off future competitors. Thus they are blindsided and try to react quickly when a new competitor starts stealing customers. The result is constant stress and losing ground.

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How much bandwidth does your business need?

NZ Entrepreneur

In today’s digital world, a strong internet connection is the lifeblood of most businesses. With modern technology and digital ways of working available (and constantly evolving), it brings into sharp focus the question – is your internet bandwidth up to the job? Whether you have a cafe that offers free wifi for customers or have a large company where everyone is online at once, it is critical that you have enough bandwidth so that everyone can do what they need to do online – all at the s

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Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Day as a Civil Engineer

The Startup Magazine

Pursuing a career as a professional civil engineer will make for a challenging yet highly rewarding and varied working life, and whether you have followed the more traditional route of a bachelor’s degree from a university or have worked your way up from an apprenticeship, continue reading. Here is everything you need to know before your first day as a civil engineer.

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Collectly Could Save Medical Providers $200 Billion

ReadWriteStart

In the landscape of healthcare , medical providers face an ongoing challenge with payment collection. The process can be overwhelming, especially for solo or small practices without the resources to offer electronic billing. Pasadena-based company, Collectly, founded by Levon Brutyan and Max Mizotin, aims to revolutionize this payment collection process, helping medical providers streamline operations and improve financial outcomes.

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For-Profit Healthcare Organizations vs. Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organizations

Board Effect

A not-for-profit organization exists for the good of the community, and a not-for-profit healthcare organization helps to cover gaps in health services rather than generate a profit. While for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals are all regulated by the same authorities and have the same requirements, there are certain distinctions between for-profit vs. not-for-profit healthcare organizations beyond whether they pay property and income taxes.

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Startup Metrics

TechEmpower

When talking to startup founders or other innovators, we always ask questions to better understand their business as a core. What does the business do? How does it meet customers’ needs? And most importantly, how does it make money? One way to approach that last question is to use this simple model: Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) How will your business reach prospects?

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15 Entrepreneurs Share Some of Their Best Business Development Tips

Hearpreneur

Any business or company looking to grow and succeed in a competitive market needs to expand either solely or in partnership with other businesses. This involves coming up with strategies, exploring new opportunities and rerouting where needed. The process of developing a business can lead to making and breaking of some relationships as one seeks to narrow down on the ideal prospects.

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Building An Event Strategy That Connects With Your Community

Duct Tape Marketing

Building An Event Strategy That Connects With Your Community written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Isaac Watson In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast , I interview Isaac Watson. He is an event strategist and entrepreneur who founded Kickass Conferences in 2016. He has produced over 50 conferences and gatherings worldwide, specializing in event strategy and design for communities.

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Benefits of Card Holders

The Startup Magazine

In today’s digital age, where cashless transactions are becoming increasingly prevalent, card holders have emerged as essential accessories for individuals. These compact and functional items offer a range of card holder benefits that go beyond just holding cards. From convenience and security to promotional opportunities and style, card holders have become a must-have item for many people.

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CEO Fires 90% of Staff, Replaces Them with AI Bot

ReadWriteStart

Many aspects of running a business now depend on AI, and customer service is no different. Due to their versatility and efficiency, AI-powered customer support bots have grown in popularity in recent years. Companies like Dukaan, an Indian start-up , have been criticized for this trend because they replaced 90% of their support staff with an artificial intelligence chatbot.

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What Does a Nonprofit Governance Committee Do?

Board Effect

A nonprofit governance committee performs many of the same duties and has many of the same responsibilities as those for a for-profit corporation. Like for-profit entities, nonprofit organizations often formally combine the function of the nominating committee with that of the governance committee. If we think about governance as an entity that establishes policies and monitors their implementation we can see that the committee is responsible for overseeing how the board manages itself.

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Burning Platform: The urgency of thinking about Business as Unusual

deal architect

In this special 97th episode of Burning Platform, I invited Geoff Scott, CEO of ASUG to moderate a session with Peter Maier, who heads Strategic Customer Engagements in the Office of the CEO at SAP. Geoff spends much of the.

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MSP Security Best Practices – Ensuring a Secure Infrastructure

Women Entrepreneurs Can

MSPs offer services that require trusted network connectivity and privileged access to customer systems. To protect their customers, MSPs need to implement best practices and policies that mitigate risks. For example, they should restrict access permissions for cloud admin accounts to key team members and use MFA for all account logins. Additionally, they should regularly back up their internal and customer data and test recovery capabilities.

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Why Agency Owners Should Invest In Other Businesses

Duct Tape Marketing

Why Agency Owners Should Invest In Other Businesses written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Ben Young In this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast , I interview Ben Young. He is the founder of Nudge, an analytics company, that was a commercialized product from his agency. Nudge helps you measure the performance of your digital properties through the lens of what people are paying attention to.

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How AI Could Enable Financial Crimes and Result in More Chargebacks and Other Issues

The Startup Magazine

Artificial intelligence has the potential to be the next revolutionary technology that reshapes human civilization. Yet while many of the benefits of artificial intelligence may prove to be positive, some unscrupulous parties may misuse it to perpetuate crime and engage in other unethical activities. AI may prove to be a useful tool for cybercriminals, for example, and could lead to more data breaches, chargebacks, and other issues.

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Flying Car Prototype Receives FAA Airworthiness Certificate

ReadWriteStart

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a California startup company called Alef Automotive the first-ever airworthiness permit for a fully electric flying car that is capable of both flying and driving on roads. This milestone event marks the beginning of a new era in the transportation industry. This ground-breaking achievement not only marks a key milestone in the development of flying cars, but it also prepares the way for a new era in the history of mobility.

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How The Right Technology Can Streamline Board Meeting Minutes

Board Effect

In today’s fast-paced world, volunteer boards play a crucial role in the decision-making processes of various organizations, from nonprofits to credit unions to community healthcare. One vital aspect of their operations is maintaining comprehensive and accurate meeting minutes. However, manual minute-taking can be time-consuming and prone to errors.

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Meeting Customer Expectations: Importance, Strategies to Exceed Them, and Management Tips

crowdSPRING Blog

Customer expectations are often tough to meet, especially for small businesses. These expectations evolve with the times and are sometimes impossible to meet. After all, customers have the right to switch businesses whenever they want if these expectations aren’t met. But no matter the challenge, it’s vital that you equip your business with the tools to meet and exceed these expectations.

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Growth Funds Shed Rose-tinted glasses

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed India is a VC fund investing $1.5B in India and Southeast Asia since 2008, with 11 unicorns in its portfolio. Partner Dev Khare shares optimism for the Indian market due to technological advancements.

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Every Startup Goes Through Distinctive Funding Phases

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs start polling venture capitalists for that multi-million-dollar investment before they even have a business plan. That’s like trying to sell part of something to a stranger for big money when you haven’t fully defined it yet. It won’t work, it costs time and money, and hurts your credibility when you need them later. Every entrepreneur needs help and support along the way, from developing the initial idea, to selling off the successful business (exit strategy).

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Why You Need Commercial HVAC Systems 

The Startup Magazine

A commercial HVAC system is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system which provides temperature control and fresh air deliveries to commercial buildings. Air conditioning is also one of the most important systems used in commercial architecture. Their uses are diverse and vital for businesses and organizations. Source: Pexels Here are some of the key uses of commercial HVAC systems; Indoor air quality Indoor air quality refers to how clean and free of contaminants your indoor ai

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Telegram’s $210 Million Bond Sale Is a Sign of the App’s Growing Popularity

ReadWriteStart

Telegram, the popular messaging app with over 800 million monthly users , has raised $210 million through bond sales. This brings the total amount of debt financing raised by the company to over $1.2 billion. Telegram issued bonds worth $270 million to some investors , including its founder and CEO, Pavel Durov, who personally bought about a quarter of the new Telegram bonds.

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Unleashing Success: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Higher Education Boards

Board Effect

How robust is the strategic plan for your higher education institution? When was the last time you updated your plan? In today’s higher education arena, there is much talk about the volatility that threatens institutions. Competition, economic instability, declining enrollment, high tuition, decreased governmental financial support, affirmative action and competition from online schools all have the potential to threaten the livelihoods and sustainability of even the longest-standing higher educ

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Lean Meets Wicked Problems

Steve Blank

This post previously appeared in Poets & Quants. I just spent a month and a half at Imperial College London co-teaching a “Wicked” Entrepreneurship class. In this case Wicked doesn’t mean morally evil, but refers to really complex problems, ones with multiple moving parts, where the solution isn’t obvious. (Understanding and solving homelessness, disinformation, climate change mitigation or an insurgency are examples of wicked problems.

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How to Prevent Falls and Injuries on Site

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Preventing falls and ensuring the safety of workers on site is vital for preventing accidents and injuries, keeping employees satisfied in the workplace, and avoiding personal injury claims. As an employee, it’s partly your responsibility, alongside your employer’s, to make the construction site as safe as possible.

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5 Quotes From Entrepreneurs Who Didn’t Enjoy The Ride

Startup Professionals Musings

People with a victim mentality should never be entrepreneurs. We all know the role of starting and running a business is unpredictable, and has a high risk of failure. For people with a victim mentality, this fear of failure alone will almost certainly make it a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m sure you all know someone who is the perennial victim. The problem is that most of these people aren’t likely to accept your assessment, so it’s hard to help them.

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5 goals for the next 5 years

deal architect

I am about to hit several career milestones – 20 years of Deal Architect, 30 years since I was at Gartner and we coined TLAs like ERP, 40 years since I first implemented a packaged application – they were called.

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Canoo: The EV Startup That’s Proving the Doubters Wrong

ReadWriteStart

Canoo, an EV startup based in California that debuted its futuristic-looking electric van in 2021 , is having a hard time making ends meet. The company has been dangerously close to insolvency for the past year, and its cash burn remains high. In spite of this, the federal government has kept doing business with the startup, saving it from certain doom.

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Towards Exceptional Community Healthcare: Best Practices for Board Governance 

Board Effect

Community healthcare volunteer board members play a crucial role in shaping the organization’s future and ensuring it delivers high-quality health services to their community. Here, we explore best practices for community healthcare board governance that will make volunteer board members even more effective in their roles so that they can ensure healthcare services are as good as they can be.

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Safeguarding Personal Data: What's the Role of SOC2 in Workforce Management?

Transformify

As technologies and industries evolve, protecting company and employee privacy becomes increasingly important—and tricky. With the widespread use and distribution of information, it’s more difficult for companies to monitor and safeguard their data from unauthorized access. Service Organisation Control 2 (SOC 2) plays a key role in this digital age, defending sensitive employee information, preventing data breaches, and boosting operational efficiency.